Palmerston North

Resource Management Act – The Engineer's Needs and Experiences

When 27 Apr 2017, 8:30 AM

Duration One day

Cost $580 ex GST (IPENZ Members $500 ex GST)

Location Palmerston North

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This course is designed for engineers and other technical personnel who wish to increase their understanding of working with the RMA on engineering/infrastructure projects.

The course highlights the role of (and need for) engineers:

  • working in multidisciplinary teams
  • involved in consultation with a wide range of stakeholders
  • being well equipped to give expert evidence in RMA hearings.  

Session 1:   The RMA – Setting the scene for engineers

Presented by an experienced Resource Management lawyer or planner, this session takes a look at how the RMA and other planning instruments and statutory documents fit together; Purpose and Principles of the RMA; Notice of Requirements (designations) and resource consenting; types of activities; and what the lawyer/planner expects from the engineer in a RMA project.

Session 2:   The engineer’s understanding of the RMA

This session is the “engine room” of the course. This session unpicks the big picture RMA Session 1, concentrating on more technical aspects:

  • definitions and interpretations
  • purpose and principles of the RMA – part 2
  • other parts of the RMA
  • Notice of Requirements (Designations) and Resource Consents
  • holistic approaches
  • types of activities and activity definition/requirements
  • “effects-based” and “Best Practicable Option” (BPO) approaches
  • assessment of alternatives
  • requirements of an Assessment of Effects on the Environment (AEE)
  • learnings from designations and consent decisions.

Session 3:   Group exercises – activity definition and effects assessment

Session 4:   Consultation /Tangata Whenua involvement

  • consultation and the RMA
  • consultation approaches and stakeholders
  • tangata whenua involvement and examples.

Session 5:   Conditions and monitoring

  • essential requirements
  • types of conditions
  • durations
  • newer approaches, adaptive management, trigger levels, off-set mitigation
  • reviews
  • tangata whenua examples
  • monitoring.

Session 6:   Hearings and appeals

  • the hearing
  • the role of the technical expert witness
  • decision making and appeals.

Session 7:   Engineers’ roles, functions and responsibilities

  • roles and functions
  • enforcement
  • IPENZ Code of Ethical Conduct
  • Environment Court Code of Conduct.

Session 8:   Working in multidisciplinary teams

Session 9:   Course recap

Session 10: Engineers’ RMA Toolbox and closing discussion

About the presenter

Jim Bradley is a Chartered and International Engineer, a Diplomat of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and a Distinguished Fellow of IPENZ. Much of Jim’s 46 years of professional engineering in New Zealand has been involved in developing and consenting a range of infrastructure projects, particularly water type projects, under the RMA and other legislation.

Jim is an accredited RMA Decision Maker and was the inaugural winner of the William Pickering Engineering Leadership Award in 2005.